Jennifer Tilly is an American actress and poker player. She is most recognised as Tiffany Valentine in the Child's Play franchise, a role for which she is recognized as an "icon" in the horror film community.
Jennifer Tilly was born Jennifer Ellen Chan on September 16, 1958, in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Patricia, was a schoolteacher and former actress, and her father, Harry, worked as a used car salesman. Jennifer has three siblings, Steve, Meg, and Rebecca; Meg also went into acting and won a Golden Globe for the 1985 film "Agnes of God." When Tilly was 5 years old, her parents divorced, and Patricia married John Ward, who Meg described as a "sadistic pedophile." Rebecca corroborated Meg's claims, but Jennifer has not publicly commented. Tilly grew up in Texada Island, British Columbia, and when she was 16, her mother divorced Ward and moved the family to Victoria. After graduating from Belmont High School, Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Missouri's Stephens College.
Tilly made her television debut in 1983 with guest-starring roles on "Oh Madeline" and "Boone," and in 1984, she landed a recurring role on "Hill Street Blues" and appeared in the film "No Small Affair." Throughout the 1980s, Jennifer guest-starred on "Remington Steele" (1985), "Cheers" (1986), "It's Garry Shandling's Show" (1987), and "Moonlighting" (1989) and appeared in 11 films, including "Johnny Be Good" (1988), "Let It Ride" (1989), and "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989). She then appeared in "Made in America" (1993) and "The Getaway" and earned an Oscar nomination for her performance as Olive Neal in 1994's "Bullets over Broadway." Around this time, Tilly also guest-starred on "Dream On" (1992), starred on the Fox series "Key West" (1993), and appeared in the television films "At Home with the Webbers" (1993) and "Heads" (1994). Jennifer earned critical acclaim for 1996's "Bound," which won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film, and co-starred with Jim Carrey in 1997's "Liar Liar," which grossed $302.7 million at the box office.
In 1998, Tilly began playing Tiffany Valentine in the "Child's Play" franchise, starting with "Bride of Chucky." She has also appeared in 2004's "Seed of Chucky," 2013's "Curse of Chucky," and 2017's "Cult of Chucky." In 2001, she performed on Broadway as Crystal Allen in "The Women" and voiced Celie Mae in "Monsters, Inc.," which brought in $577.4 million at the box office. From 2005 to 2006, Jennifer starred on the CBS sitcom "Out of Practice," and she then appeared in "Bart Got a Room" (2008), "Inconceivable" (2008), and the Chinese film "Empire of Silver" (2009). She guest-starred on "Modern Family" in 2011 and 2014, and appeared as a guest judge on "RuPaul's Drag Race" in 2012. Tilly appeared on Broadway again in 2012, earning an Audience Choice Award nomination for "Don't Dress for Dinner," and in 2013, she starred in the play "Grasses of a Thousand Colors" at the Joseph Papp Theater. In recent years, Jennifer has appeared in the films "7 Days to Vegas" (2019) and "Poker Queens" (2020), and she voiced Little Red Riding Hood in an episode of "JJ Villard's Fairy Tales" (2020). She is set to appear in the films "Sallywood," "High Holiday," and "Boom" in 2021.
Jennifer married Sam Simon, who co-created "The Simpsons," in 1984, and they divorced in 1991; the two remained friends after their split, and Sam passed away from colorectal cancer in 2015. After Simon's death, Tilly stated, "Sam was my best friend for thirty years. He was a brilliant man and a great humanitarian. I miss him terribly." Jennifer has been in a relationship with Phil Laak, a professional poker player and commentator, since 2004, when they met at the 2004 World Poker Tour Invitational (which Laak won).
Awards & Nominations
In 1993, Tilly won a Theatre World Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her performance in "One Shoe Off," and her stage work also earned her a Dramalogue Award for "Vanities." In 1995, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for "Bullets Over Broadway," which also earned her nominations from the American Comedy Awards and 20/20 Awards. Jennifer won an Eyegore Award in 1998 and a GLAAD Media Award in 2006. She was named Best Actress at the 2000 Fantafestival for "Bride of Chucky" and won an Achievement in Acting award for "Intervention" at the 2007 San Diego Film Festival. In 1997, Tilly received an International Fantasy Film Award for "Bound" at the Fantasporto Film Festival, and TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards honored her with The Barbara Tipple Award for "Intervention" and "Inconceivable" in 2010. Jennifer has also received nominations from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films ("Bound" and "Bride of Chucky"), Behind the Voice Actors Awards ("Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja"), Blockbuster Entertainment Awards ("Liar Liar"), CableACE Awards ("It's Garry Shandling's Show"), and Fangoria Chainsaw Awards ("Bride of Chucky" and "Seed of Chucky"), and she earned MTV Movie Award nominations for Best Kiss for "Bound" (shared with Gina Gershon) and Best Frightened Performance for "Seed of Chucky."
Jennifer Tilly is an American actress and poker player who has a net worth of $25 million. Tilly has more than 120 acting credits to her name and got her big break in the 1994 Woody Allen film "Bullets Over Broadway," which earned her an Academy Award nomination.